15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Lexington
Fly + Drive:  11 h 15 min
1
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Taxi + Ferry:  3 h 45 min
4
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
+2
Shuttle + Bus + Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Lexington

1
night
Playas del Coco

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then look for gifts at Cata Chocolate.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco journey planner.

Lexington, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Cata Chocolate ©
Cata Chocolate

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then see Off-Road Tours. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Spas

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): stroll through Playa Santa Teresa, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, and then glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Playa Santa Teresa

2
nights
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall. On the next day, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Uvita journey builder site.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Manuel Antonio and Walking tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Spas. Venture out of the city with trips to Jaco (Bambu, Off-Road Tours, &more). There's more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park and walk around Parque Nahomi.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio vacation planner.

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Walking tours
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles, and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach.

For photos and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, approximately El Castillo away. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, and take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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